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Angry buy to let investors launch petition against council licensing

Angry landlords in Shropshire have set up an online petition against local council proposals to introduce selective licensing.    The Wrekin Landlords Association says Telford and Wrekin council’s...

Quarter of London letting agents report rent falls

Rent increases have slowed in London with only eight per cent of agents reporting increases last month - and a quarter reporting falls.    Across the country as...

Changes to Letting Agent Today: more information, easier to navigate

You may have noticed some subtle changes to Letting Agent Today in recent weeks, aimed at improving the ‘user experience’ we offer to readers.   Firstly on each...

UK's biggest buy to let investor 'will fight journalist for £10,000'

Fergus Wilson, long-regarded as Britain’s biggest buy to let investor and landlord despite recent attempts to sell some of his homes, now says he will fight...

Build To Rent operator reveals rents for new London flats scheme

L&Q has launched 59 Build To Rent units on the site of the former Walthamstow greyhound racing stadium in London.   The operator says the scheme is part...

Minister confirms fee ban on its way but rental sector 'improving'

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has confirmed that consultation on the government’s proposed ban on letting agency fees levied on tenants in England will launch “in the...

Allow tenants to personalise their homes, agents and landlords told

Landlords and agents acting on their behalf are being urged to help private tenants personalise their rental properties.    The plea comes from the Association of Independent Inventory...

Tenant referencing firm celebrates its one millionth move

Tenant referencing company Rent4sure is celebrating its one millionth tenant move after expanding from five staff on start-up in 2009 to 100 people today.   Rent4sure now helps...

MP introduces Bill urging greater policing of Airbnb-style short lets

Labour MP Karen Buck has introduced a 10-minute Rule Bill in the House of Commons to highlight the dangers of Airbnb-style short-lets to neighbourhoods and the wider...

Another major city to have its first Build To Rent scheme

Bath is to have a major Build To Rent scheme from Legal & General, believed to be the first development of its kind in the city.   There...

Government should create 'Help To Rent' says homelessness charity

Half of England’s local authorities claim it is ‘very difficult’ to assist homeless applicants into privately rented accommodation, according to a report published today by national...

Property Ombudsman backs consumer approval scheme

The Property Ombudsman scheme is backing a national campaign to help more consumers find reputable and trusted businesses and services.    Consumers are being urged to check if...

Tenants 'pay half their salaries in rent' - claim

Private renters go on fewer holidays, save less money and are more likely to make forced cutbacks than home owners according to a survey.    Some 31 per...

Letting agents targeted by fraudulent email scammers

Mydeposits says it is aware of a new scam from what it calls “a fraudulent company” imitating mydeposits and getting in touch with letting agents and...

Competition and Markets Authority not to investigate agents' fees

The Competition and Markets Authority says there is no time to undertake a review into the lettings market and the role of letting agents’ fees, according to...

Landlords will still use letting agents after fees ban - claim

The substantial majority of landlords who now use letting agents will continue to do so even if they see their premiums rise following a ban on...

Student survey finds over 44% claiming to pay 'hidden' fees to agents

A survey of students in Birmingham has discovered that over 44 per cent of respondents claim to have paid what the organisers call  ‘hidden’ fees to...

More evidence that lettings market is slowing across the UK

New lettings data from Agency Express supports the belief that the rental market may be slowing down across much of the country.  National figures for new listings...

ARLA and landlord body push for meeting over agents' fees ban

ARLA Propertymark and the Residential Landlords Association have written to the Welsh Government seeking a meeting to discuss a possible ban on letting agents’ fees levied...

Local authority reveals its local Letting Agent of the Year

In an era when the relationship between local councils, letting agencies and landlords appears permanently fraught, there is good news from Sheffield - the local authority...

Letting agents and landlords warned on empty homes and vermin

A council is warning agents and landlords not to sit on long term vacant properties.   The warning, from Liverpool council, comes as a second buy to let...

Illegal eviction lands property firm owner with electronic tag

A property company owner who waged a campaign of harassment and intimidation against a young mother he wanted to illegally evict has been given a stiffer...

Longer-term lets aren't very popular after all, claims insurance firm

Contrary to a number of trends identified by lettings organisations and surveys of tenants, an insurance firm is claiming that longer-term tenancies are now less popular...

LSL beefs up Build To Rent offer with key new hire

LSL’s corporate client department, a subsidiary of LSL Property Services, is beefing up its offer to Build To Rent institutional investors with the appointment of a...

Prosecution after tenant harassed and property poorly-managed

A private landlord in Sheffield has been prosecuted for harassing a tenant and failing to manage his property adequately.   Nilendu Das was convicted at the city’s magistrates...

Landlords told: 'Use letting agents, don't rely on listings websites'

The founder of eviction specialist Landlord Action is advising landlords to use accredited letting agents and not try to take the cheap option of advertising for...

Property firm fined £32,000 after improvement notice dispute

A property firm has been fined £32,134 and ordered to pay costs of £260 and a victim surcharge of £170 after pleading guilty to six offences...

New independent agency created out of management buyout

A new lettings and property management company firm has launched in Hertfordshire after a management buy out.    Insider Media reports that the MBO from Norgans Lettings has...

Illegal eviction leads to £7,000 fine and 200 hours community service

A landlord who admitted threatening violence against a tenant who left the property he was renting has been given a substantial fine and community service punishment.    David...

Ex-Countrywide manager to head Humberts' new lettings division

Humberts has announced the setting up of a new lettings department to be headed by a former Countrywide branch manager.   Suzanne Diamond has been in the agency industry...

Buying agency launches prime London and country rental search

The Middleton Advisors buying agency has launched a rental service triggered by growing demand for prime property rentals in London and the country.     The new rentals...

More backing for using rent payments to show mortgage eligibility

Specialist mortgage lender Together is the latest company to back the idea of rent payment records being used to measure the eligibility of individuals to secure...

Additional £7.2m investment for rental transaction platform

Cloud-based rental transaction platform Goodlord - already used by some agencies in the UK including Strutt & Parker and Remax - has raised £7.2m in additional...

Fine after HMO above restaurant had poor fire precautions

The landlord of an HMO above a Chinese takeway in Cornwall has been fined for failing to comply with the requirements of his licence.   St Austell landlord...

1.4m landlords 'unaware of mortgage interest tax relief change'

The campaign against the imminent changes to mortgage interest tax relief for the buy to let sector estimates that 1.4m landlords are still unaware of the...

Buy to let tax change triggers rush to mortgage intermediaries

The imminent mortgage interest tax relief changes coming into effect in April has triggered a surge in the number of mortgage applicants using intermediaries.   There was a...

High-end London agency recruits award-winning Foxtons agent

High-end London agency Glentree International has expanded its lettings team by recruiting a former Foxtons agent as its senior negotiator.  Freddie Gershinson, who joins Glentree from Foxtons...

Referencing firm to offer agents utility-management service

The Lettings Hub is broadening its offer to agents by launching a utility management service on top of its traditional referencing and insurance provisions.    The Lettings Hub,...

Agents beware: you need 100% evidence before deducting deposits

A trade body is warning letting agents and landlords of the need to have detailed evidence to support any deduction made to tenants' deposits.   The Association of...

Buy to let company boss sentenced after evading £281,000 tax

A landlord who ran multiple property companies but failed to declare his income or that he was a company director to HM Revenue and Customs has...

£15,000 fine for failing to license and manage HMO

A landlady has been fined £15,000 for failing to license and manage a house in multiple occupation.    Sharon Jacobs was also ordered to pay costs of £3,456.52...

Short Lets - government to review Rent A Room tax relief

The Residential Landlords Association has spotted small print from the Budget that may suggest the government is about to review Rent A Room tax relief in...

'New Landlord' instructions at their weakest for two years, says RICS

The number of new landlords instructing agents is at its lowest for two years - and with worse to come thanks to the deterrent of mortgage...

Five-office agency's latest acquisition takes it to new territories

Lenwell Property Services, a five-office lettings agency in the Home Counties, is spreading its wings into Hertfordshire with the acquisition of the four-office independent, Acorn Residential Sales...

Rental sector 'better for pets than for housing benefit tenants' - claim

A BBC survey claims that private sector landlords are more likely to accept potential tenants who own pets than ones who are claiming benefits. An analysis of...

Trade body keeps up pressure over mortgage interest tax change

A trade body claims that vulnerable tenants are finding it harder to access rented housing because of tax changes being introduced next month by the government.    The...

Will Hammond's incorporation clampdown hit buy to let?

There was a sigh of relief amongst the lettings industry that yesterday's Budget introduced no new property taxes - but concern whether the Chancellor's clampdown on...

Buy To Let tax changes - opponents launch new website

The campaign against the phased reduction in landlords' mortgage interest tax relief is continuing with the opening of a new website, just three weeks before the...

MPs may debate rent counting towards mortgage eligibility

A 27 year old father of two has secured over 140,000 signatures for an online petition demanding that rent payments be taken into account as evidence...

Online agency claims Manchester is magnet for buy to let investors

Upad, which claims to be Britain's larges online lettings agency, says Manchester has seen a 100 per cent increase in buy to let investor interest in both...

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